Memorandum submitted by Disability Solutions
Yearly up rate letters for Income
Support do not include a breakdown of benefit entitlement for
the April up lift. (Paragraph 1)
The underlying entitlement to Carers
Allowance should continue when there is a temporary break in caring.
Disability Living Allowance and Attendance
Allowance new decision letters should include the written reasons
for the decision. (Paragraph 3)
Yearly up rate letters for Income Support, sent
out in February 2007, do not include a breakdown of benefit entitlement
for the April up lift. Consequently, claimants must request a
further entitlement letter after 12 April to show the breakdown.
The Local Authority needs this proof for Fairer Charging and Council
Tax Benefit/Housing Benefit purposes.
Income support up rate letters should be the
same as Pension Credit up rate letters, which include a full breakdown
for both the current and future benefit year.
When someone who receives Carers Allowance has
a break from caring, for example when the person cared for goes
into hospital, the underlying entitlement should continue. When
the person then returns home and the Disability Living Allowance
or Attendance Allowance is reinstated Carer's Allowance Unit should
be able to reinstate the Carers Allowance without the need for
a new claim. This would save a lot of official time and avoid
benefits going unclaimed.
Disability Living Allowance and Attendance Allowance
new decision letters should include the written reasons for the
decision. Claimants would then have better information as to how
the decision has been reached. This would avoid the need for claimants
and advisers to telephone and request an explanation or written
reasons for the decision. In my opinion this would save unnecessary
and frivolous appeals.
Mr Roy Beeson